Friday, August 26, 2016

David Brooks on the State of Politics, Loss of Vocation

Charlie Rose interviews NY Times columnist David Brooks on the state of the US political system, the rise of Donald Trump and why things seem to be the way they are with the system. Brooks is incredibly reflective in the interview (as he always is), lacks the smugness of many social commentators and has some remarkable insights into both the culture as well as to his own sense of "calling" as a columnist. Of course, to me the most remarkable line in the interview is when near the 18:45 mark, Brooks states that the "government problem" in the US stems from the fact that at some point "politics and leadership became a profession rather than a vocation." Wow.